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Pace Paralegal Certificate Program


The paralegal profession is one of the fastest growing occupational opportunities in the nation. There has never been a better time to enter this exciting field. Consider this:

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the paralegal profession is projected to grow 17 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations.

To facilitate the need for well-trained professionals, Pace University is proud to offer the Pace Paralegal Certificate Program. The Program features a nationally acclaimed comprehensive course of study developed by renowned paralegal educators with input from judges, magistrates, and attorneys nationwide.

The hands-on program is distinguished by a focus on a paralegal specific application based skills that are in high demand by law firms and legal divisions. Designed with the working student in mind, it provides the education you need to begin a paralegal career or advance an existing career in the legal field.

Intensive Format
In just over 5 months, Pace’s innovative program teaches knowledge and highly sought after skills utilized daily by paralegals in the workplace.  The Pace Paralegal Certificate Program is taught exclusively, by an esteemed faculty of judges, attorneys, and magistrates.  You will learn legal processes, court structure, interviewing, investigation, document preparation, file maintenance, correspondence, research, writing and analysis, as well as substantive topics of law, such as torts, contract, criminal, civil procedure, and domestic relations law. Students will be trained in online legal research and are equipped with individual subscriptions to LexisNexis and Westlaw.

The high quality and unique educational experience will also feature personal access to resources including customized texts and dynamic interactive online support tools which include practice exercise questions, lecture notes, quizzes, writing labs, mock exams and more! 

Great Career Choice
You could not pick a better time to enter this exciting profession. As evidence of this the 2008 Annual Compensation Survey for Paralegals/Legal Assistants and Managers surveyed more than 363 organizations (285 law firms and 78 law departments), representing a total of 14,216 paralegal positions.

Among the results of the survey were the following:

  • The compensation of paralegals in U.S. law firms and corporate law departments showed solid increases over the previous year, above the rise in the cost of living.
  • Paralegals working in law firms received somewhat higher increases than their law department peers, For exempt paralegals at firms, salaries increased by an average of 4.9% compared to 3.8% in corporate law departments.
  • Within law firms, the highest paid paralegals are litigation support/technology managers who earned a median annual base compensation of $115,000.
  • The average billing rate for paralegals was more than $150 per hour, with rates for most positions exceeding $175. Paralegal case managers in law firms averaged 1,642 billable hours, followed by senior paralegals at 1,530.

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